May 8, 2012

Sue Killilea and Natalia Bouyea Earn All-Conference Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- After tremendous spring campaigns, junior shortstop Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) and sophomore center fielder Natalia Bouyea (East Longmeadow, Mass.) were named Little East All-Conference team members Tuesday morning. Killilea earned a spot on the First Team for the second time, while Bouyea was named a member of the Second Team.

Killilea was slotted as the utility member of the first team after spending the majority of her time playing shortstop this season, while playing a handful of games at catcher. While catcher is her primary position, the Abington native took over shortstop duties when Taryn Asta (Marshfield, Mass.), the team's regular shortstop, went down with an injury before the season. She led the Beacons in almost every major batting category, including average (.416), hits (47), runs (30), doubles (7) and triples (10), despite missing the final four regular season games with a concussion.

After setting nearly every major program record her freshmen season when she earned First Team honors and the program's first Rookie of the Year award, Killilea tied her own program-record for triples with 10, which was enough to lead the Little East for a second time. She finished eighth in the conference with a .416 batting average and finished with a .480 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage which were both second best on the Beacons.

With another strong season under her belt, Killilea will enter her senior season holding the UMass Boston career program records for hits, runs, triples, slugging percentage and total bases.

Bouyea earned her first postseason award after serving as the Beacons best outfielder and improving upon a stellar offensive year at the plate. She was easily the best UMass Boston outfielder, with almost limitless range in center field and a team-high five outfield assists.

At the plate, the East Longmeadow native hit a career-best .287, while driving in six runs and scoring 15 times. Bouyea added 27 hits and finished tied for third with four doubles on the season while posting a .368 on-base percentage and .330 slugging percentage.

With two players receiving postseason honors, it marks the third straight year the Beacons have placed a player on both the Little East Conference First and Second Team. Last season, junior Lisa Polsonetti (Revere, Mass.) and senior Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) received the nod.